Denver Borough passes 2013 budget

By on December 19, 2012

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Denver Mayor, Adam Webber (right), administers the Oath of Office to Jr. Council Person, Rachel Young on Dec. 17. (Photo by Alice Hummer)

Denver Borough Council unanimously adopted their proposed 2.5 million dollar budget on Dec. 17. Resolutions maintaining the 3.0 millage rate and the increase in water and sewer rates followed.

With a 5.3 percent increase each in water and sewer, water rates go from $4.75 to $5 per thousand gallons and sewer rates from $9.50 to $10 per thousand gallons.

Real estate taxes peg the average bill at $390.39 for a home assessed at $132,787.

Mike Hession, Denver Borough Manager, announced "the (bell-shaped, hard rubber) bollards have arrived and will be placed in front of the light pole at S. Fourth and Main Streets, and none too soon."

"The light pole was hit again by a tractor trailer making the sharp turn on Dec. 17," Hession said. This is twice this month the pole sustained being hit. "This time, the aluminum pole was bent and pulled toward the road."

In other business:

? Denver Council approved continuing to contract with the Cincinnati Insurance Co. after discussion and information provided by Marty Gerhart, from Harding-Yost Insurance in Denver. The borough also discussed cost quotes from Keystone Insurers Group.

? Mayor Adam Webber administered the oath of office to Rachel Young, one of the three Junior Council Persons. She will attend the Borough’s second meeting of the month through May, 2013.

? Hession updated council on the status of the periodic storage of East Penn Railraod, LLC’s railroad cars in the borough. The storage area is secluded; however, people can easily access the cars containing liquid petroleum gas by walking along the tracks. The storage location is 285 feet from residents on Locust Street. The East Penn Railroad’s Director of Operations confirmed the contents of the cars and said that they will be moved by Dec. 13, which was four days before the Dec. 17th council meeting. Hession has contacted Representative Joseph Pitts office concerning assistance with getting the cars moved.

? Denver will recycle residents Christmas trees from Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Jan. 18 at the Main and 8th Street Borough Lot. Trees must be free of decorations, bags and wraps.

Hours are 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Residents with Access Cards to the lot may deposit trees from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Any resident desiring an access card to the lot for yard waste may secure one at the Borough Office, 501 Main Street, Denver.

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